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Playing our part in helping the hospitality industry bounce back

We have already received a high number of urgent air conditioning enquiries from customers in the hospitality sector, and temperatures are yet to exceed the early 20s so far this summer! Only last week, we agreed separate 100-unit orders with two of the UK’s largest hotel chains – and the early signs are that there might be more to come.

In both cases alluded to above, our clients’ chillers had failed unexpectedly and left guestrooms and other areas completely exposed to warm seasonal conditions.

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Heater hire enables swift completion of Scottish bridge repairs

Although you would be right to assume that the majority of enquiries we receive at this time of year relate to air conditioning, there will always be situations that necessitate the use of temporary heating equipment. In the construction sector alone, there are multiple applications that may benefit from a source of warmth even when outdoor ambient temperatures are relatively high.

The ideal temperature for pouring and curing concrete, for example, is approximately 16⁰C. This is due to the fact that concrete gains its durability and strength from a hydration process which can be drastically affected by extreme cold, heat or humidity.

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Server room outage avoided thanks to out-of-hours air conditioning rental

After receiving an emergency call from an industrial solutions provider late one workday evening, our team went above and beyond to ensure the requirement was satisfied before the clock struck midnight.

Our customer is responsible for delivering maintenance, facilities management and engineering services to businesses from multiple sectors, with urgent action promptly needed after one of their client’s data centres unexpectedly lost all cooling output.

As is the case with many critical applications, there is simply no time for an engineer to visit site and propose a solution when the risk of server failure is amplified with every second that passes. Fortunately, our technical experts are extremely proficient in specifying the correct equipment over the phone – an essential skill in moments like the one described above.

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Air conditioners with HEPA filtration now highly sought-after by healthcare trusts

We’re quickly approaching that time of year when businesses turn their attention to the summer, with air conditioning normally high on a typical list of priorities. Of the many industries we deal with, it’s often healthcare trusts demonstrating the most proactivity – which is why we have received more enquiries from the NHS than any other organisation or body in the last fortnight.

The need for cooling in a hospital is hardly a new phenomenon but we have noticed a greater influx of requests for portable air conditioning units fitted with HEPA filtration. As explained in this blog, our PAC 22 and PAC 60 units can be fitted with an advanced filter that guarantees cleaner and safer airflows while simultaneously reducing indoor temperatures during the peak of summer.

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Sykes Pumps: offering units for sale as well as hire

You’ll probably be aware that we offer pump rental solutions to customers across all market sectors, but did you know that we can also sell almost every unit displayed on our website? We even sell products that aren’t listed online, which is good news for anyone looking to purchase equipment from the country’s largest pumps supplier!

Because of our standing in the industry, customers frequently ask us to manufacture custom-built pumps produced to their unique specifications – requests that we’re only too happy to accommodate.

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Andrews installs high capacity air conditioning solution inside multi-storey office building

A prominent FM company in the Midlands recently required emergency cooling for one of their largest clients after an internal chiller system failed.

Our customer desperately sought an effective cooling solution for a substantial office building spanning several floors, prompting the intervention of Andrews’ local technician. Unsurprisingly, the facilities manager was keen to address the problem as quickly as possible given the likelihood of temperatures increasing as we head towards summer.

Following a thorough site survey, we proposed a total of eight PAC 22 portable air conditioners which our engineer calculated would deliver the necessary cooling capacities. The kit was positioned externally with lengths of ducting used to distribute and circulate cool air inside open plan office space on four separate floors.

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Andrews installs replacement cooling solution for major supermarket chain

There is a proven link between keeping a shop floor air conditioned and the length of time people are prepared to browse, demonstrating the impact that customer comfort has on the overall retail experience. In essence, a stuffy, hot store will cost you business – and there’s really no excuse for such uninviting conditions to linger when instant solutions are readily available.

Acutely aware of this, one of our customers – a world-renowned name in the industry – recently contacted us following the discovery of an issue with the chiller system at a prominent store in Yorkshire. Specifically, a faulty compressor had affected the chiller’s output, while its location within a plant room positioned at high level prevented us replacing the unit with one of our own chillers as the connecting air handling units were also suspected to be defective.

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The show goes on for motorsport fans thanks to Andrews!

On a boiling hot day, there’s nothing quite like having the luxury of turning to your air conditioning system safely in the knowledge that cooling relief is just seconds away. In most surroundings, you won’t need to pay too much attention to the slight reduction in relative humidity that comes as a by-product of moisture being removed from the air.

However, there are times when steps must be taken to ensure that RH does not fall below 50%. In a broadcasting environment, for example, a lack of moisture content in the air can lead to the build-up of static electricity on cameras, monitors and other hardware. In fact, failure to monitor these conditions properly can even affect the signal strength of a radio wave, which will likely cause disruption to a transmission.

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Building services provider requests air purification hire on behalf of client

During these times in particular, it’s fair to say that M&E contractors might consider having to upgrade a building’s entire air handling system as somewhat inconvenient! Fortunately, thanks to our extensive range of air quality solutions and appreciation of customers’ requirements, we can help ensure that the potential for upheaval is minimised.

In this instance, our client was looking for some temporary equipment to effectively supersede the role of air handling units due to be decommissioned. Their primary focus, and reason for contacting, us was to maintain a good level of air quality throughout a large office building.

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Sykes’ dewatering expertise opens the door to residential development in Somerset

Before work could commence on the proposed construction of 110 new homes in Sedgemoor, it was essential that a lake on the designated land was drained to facilitate the next steps.

Although the lake itself was reasonably small in size, our customer was looking to permanently remove contained water from the excavation area as quickly as possible so that the soil was stable and more conducive to permitting the building work that was to follow.

Having surveyed the area to ensure they arrived at the correct solution, our regional expert recommended the hire of a single 8″ Super Wispaset 200 Ecotec to conduct the required task. This product was purposefully selected because of its incredible fuel economy and quiet operation, with the latter factor being a key consideration due to the presence of existing residential properties just a few yards away.

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